John P PryorBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b305 (Published 26 January 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b305
- Ned Stafford
John Pryor often saw the bloody results of “The War in West Philadelphia,” as he called it in a 2007 article he wrote for The Washington Post (5 Aug 2007, www.washingtonpost.com). The director of the trauma programme at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and a major in the United States army reserve, described the parallels between combat deaths in Iraq and urban murders in his home city.
Pryor was killed on Christmas day, aged 42, in Mosul, Iraq, by enemy mortar fire.
Pryor, a nationally recognised trauma surgeon, joined the army reserve in October 2004. His first three month tour of duty in Iraq was in 2006 at the 344th combat support hospital in Abu Ghraib. On 6 December he left home for his second tour.
Richard Pryor, his only sibling and also a doctor, says that he tried to dissuade his brother from joining …